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Ogilvy APAC chairman Paul Heath resigns

The chairman of Ogilvy & Mather Asia-Pacific has resigned from the agency after 15 years to form his own start-up in Brazil.

Paul Heath, who also holds the titles of worldwide executive director and chief growth officer, is to leave the agency at the end of April.

Ogilvy APAC confirmed Heath’s departure to Mumbrella, adding that Heath and his family are intending to move to Brazil, where he will launch his own streaming technology company.

A spokesman added: “Paul is a man of the Ogilvy world and we wish him nothing but success in his new endeavour.”

Heath said: “I’ve been lucky to have had a fantastic ride with Ogilvy. It over delivered in every respect, and I’ve worked with and learned from the best in the business.

“As David Ogilvy once said – “Change is our lifeblood” –  so as our industry changes so must I. I look forward to challenging myself in a new but related space fuelled by streaming technology and the possibilities of mobile. Details of my new venture will emerge shortly, and I am very much looking forward to exciting times ahead.”

Born in Hong Kong to Brazilian parents, Heath first joined Ogilvy London in 1987 as a graduate trainee and left in 1990.

He returned in 2003 as president of Ogilvy APAC and was named CEO in 2009, a role he then held for the next seven years.

In 2016, Heath was promoted to global chief growth officer in New York and was replaced as APAC head by Kent Wertime and Chris Reitermann as co-CEOs.

He continued to lead the APAC region as chairman and also joined the board of the-then newly formed WPP AUNZ.

In a statement posted to the ASX, Robert Mactier independent non-executive chairman of WPP AUNZ, added: “We have very much appreciated and benefitted from Paul’s global perspectives on creative agencies as well as the marketing and communications industry more generally and his insights and learnings from our major shareholders, WPP plc.

“We will miss his friendship and contribution but wish Paul every success in his future endeavours.

“No doubt he will continue to thrive.”

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